Missing Bootmgr .... Help

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Wizard, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. Wizard

    Wizard Guest

    When ever I boot my dual boot system I get "Missing Bootmgr" or
    sometimes "Missing NTLDR". If I leave the Vista DVD in the drive this
    doesn't seem to happen.

    After nosing around this seems to be a comon problem but I haven't found
    the cure. The first drive is C: with Windows XP on it. The second Drive
    is H: with the new Vista Install on it. Loosing C: is not an option (20
    years of accumlated stuff)

    Help!!
     
    Wizard, Apr 2, 2007
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  2. Wizard

    jorgen Guest

    Check harddrive priority in BIOS. It must boot on the drive that
    contains the boot files
     
    jorgen, Apr 2, 2007
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  3. Wizard

    Chad Harris Guest

    Hi Wizard--

    You also might try using Startup Repair on the Vista drive and you may get
    help from

    www.vistabootpro.org/

    and here is the procedure for a Startup Repair:

    *Startup Repair from the Windows Recovery Environment link on the Vista
    DVD*:

    You can run Startup Repair by putting your Vista DVD in after the
    language screen in setup. You can also run System Restore from the same
    location.

    You run the startup repair tool this way (and system restore from here is
    also sometimes effective):

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925810/en-us

    How To Run Startup Repair In Vista Ultimate (Multiple Screenshots)
    http://www.windowsvista.windowsreinstall.com/vistaultimate/repairstartup/index.htm

    Note The computer must be configured to start from a CD or from a DVD. For
    information about how to configure the computer to start from a CD or from a
    DVD, see the information that came with the computer.
    2. Restart the computer. To do this, click Start, click the arrow next to
    the Lock button, and then click Restart.

    This usually means that you enter bios setup by whatever key or keys
    (sometimes there is more than one key that will do it for your model--go to
    pc manufacturer site) and configure CD to be first in the boot order.

    See for ref:
    Access/Enter Motherboard BIOS
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

    Boot Order in Bios (Set Boot from HD 1st)
    http://www.short-media.com/images/mm/Articles/build_computer/bios/bios03.jpg

    Note If you cannot restart the computer by using this method, use the power
    button to turn off the computer. Then, turn the computer back on.

    3. Set your language preference, and then click Next.

    Note In most cases, the startup repair process starts automatically, and you
    do not have the option to select it in the System Recovery Options menu.

    4. Click Repair your computer.

    5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click the operating system
    that you want to repair, and then click Next.

    6. In the System Recovery Options menu, click Startup Repair to start the
    repair process.

    7. When the repair process is complete, click Finish.

    Additional References for Startup Repair With Screenshots:

    How to Use Startup Repair:

    ***Accessing Windows RE (Repair Environment):***

    1) Insert Media into PC (the DVD you burned)

    2) ***You will see on the Vista logo setup screen after lang. options in the
    lower left corner, a link called "System Recovery Options."***

    Screenshot: System Recovery Options (Lower Left Link)
    http://blogs.itecn.net/photos/liuhui/images/2014/500x375.aspx

    Screenshot: (Click first option "Startup Repair"
    http://www.leedesmond.com/images/img_vista02ctp-installSysRecOpt2.bmp

    How To Run Startup Repair In Vista Ultimate (Multiple Screenshots)
    http://www.windowsvista.windowsreinstall.com/vistaultimate/repairstartup/index.htm

    3) Select your OS for repair.

    4) Its been my experience that you can see some causes of the crash from
    theWin RE feature:

    You'll have a choice there of using:

    1) Startup Repair
    2) System Restore
    3) Complete PC Restore
    ___________________

    Good luck,

    CH
     
    Chad Harris, Apr 2, 2007
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  4. If you have 20 years of accumulated "stuff" that you can't afford to lose -
    I certainly hope you believe in backups, and perform them faithfully. (-:

    --


    Regards,

    Richard Urban MVP
    Microsoft Windows Shell/User
     
    Richard Urban, Apr 2, 2007
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  5. Wizard

    Wizard Guest

    Now there's a helpful response. Thank you so much.
     
    Wizard, Apr 2, 2007
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  6. Wizard

    Wizard Guest

    You hit the nail right on the head! Somehow the fartin little flash
    drive I have went to the top of the list. Problem solved. Thank you very
    much.

    (I must confess I initially ignored your answer thinking it was way to
    simple a response geared towards a beginner but when all else failed I
    looked at the boot order and low and behold. Sometimes the simplest
    answer is the best answer. Isn't that somebody's rule?)
    Thank you once again
     
    Wizard, Apr 2, 2007
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  7. Wizard

    Brew Guest

    I am glad in a way to see that I am not the only one Microsoft screwed.
    Thankfully, you were here to help. I will try everything I have seen here
    when I get home tonight. If I cannot get my system running again, I will
    start to lose money. I cannot even get to a DOS prompt or anything now.
    Reformatting would not be an option because I have been just buying the
    upgrade since Windows 95. I DO NOT HAVE MY 95 DISC ANYMORE. I would need to
    install 95, then upgrade to 98, then XP, then VISTA to get my system running.
    That is the wrong answer. Windows should send out the full version in the
    Upgrade and check to see if the copy of XP I was running is legal. Hell, I
    think they check that about once a week. I do not understand how people who
    get all of their software illegally seem to have fewer issues than I do when
    I buy all of mine legally.
     
    Brew, Apr 25, 2007
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  8. Wizard

    Rock Guest

    Get a full version to avoid the requirements for using an upgrade version.
    The choice is yours.
     
    Rock, Apr 26, 2007
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  9. Wizard

    mikeyhsd Guest

    as you well know from the address you have posted before .
    full version is NOT needed to install clean using an upgrade disk.
    see this article.

    http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=5932







    Get a full version to avoid the requirements for using an upgrade version.
    The choice is yours.
     
    mikeyhsd, Apr 26, 2007
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  10. Wizard

    Brew Guest

    The purpose of an upgrade copy is to allow a loyal, law-abiding consumer to
    get the newest version at a discounted rate. Why should I pay another $150?
    To not deal with the pain? I cannot believe that the people running
    Microsoft are sadists. Last night I reinstalled Windows98, then XP.
    Tonight, I will try to install Vista again, but I will install it the way
    mikeyhsd stated in the message below. I wish I had seen it two days ago.
    Thank you Mikey.
     
    Brew, Apr 26, 2007
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  11. Wizard

    mikeyhsd Guest

    good luck, it has works for MANY.







    The purpose of an upgrade copy is to allow a loyal, law-abiding consumer to
    get the newest version at a discounted rate. Why should I pay another $150?
    To not deal with the pain? I cannot believe that the people running
    Microsoft are sadists. Last night I reinstalled Windows98, then XP.
    Tonight, I will try to install Vista again, but I will install it the way
    mikeyhsd stated in the message below. I wish I had seen it two days ago.
    Thank you Mikey.
     
    mikeyhsd, Apr 27, 2007
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  12. Wizard

    Rock Guest

    I don't see where being loyal and/or law abiding has anything to do with it.
    It's simple. If you choose the upgrade version then you have to deal with
    the restrictions for it. It's a choice you make. I don't use upgrade
    versions. Yes there is the double install method, but I wouldn't bother
    with it.
     
    Rock, Apr 27, 2007
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